Biography of Marilyn Monroe

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Marilyn Monroe (born Norma Jean Mortensen), was born on June 1, 1926, in Los Angeles, California, United States of America. Monroe’s birth certificate names the father as Edward Mortensen, with an unknown place of residence. Gladys Baker, Monroe’s mother, had married a Martin E. Mortensen in 1924, but they had separated before Gladys’ pregnancy. Several of Monroe’s biographies suggest that Gladys Baker used Mortensen’s name to avoid the stigma of illegitimacy, however, when Mortensen died at the age of 85, Monroe’s birth certificate together with her parents’ marriage and divorce documents were discovered. The documents showed that Mortensen filed for divorce from Gladys on March 5, 1927, and it was finalised on October 15, 1928. Monroe denied that Mortensen was her father throughout her life, and said that when she was a child, she had been shown a photograph of a man that Gladys identified as her father, Charles Stanley Gifford. She recalls that he resembled Clark Gable and had amused herself by pretending Gable was her father.


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